German govt says COVID-19 vaccination will be free

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Coronavirus vaccination in Germany will be free of charge, the government said on Friday.

“The vaccination will be free, no matter whether and how someone is insured,’’ a spokesman for the Health Ministry told reporters in Berlin.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert stressed once again that vaccination will be entirely voluntary, in the face of a small but vocal protest movement that has downplayed the pandemic and accused the government of planning forced inoculation.

The government is planning a very comprehensive information campaign to answer all questions relating to the vaccine, Seibert added.

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Germany is working to set up hundreds of vaccination centres across the country ahead of the regulatory go-ahead from the European Union for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Old people and front-line health workers are to take priority in the first stage of vaccination.

Six centres were planned in Berlin, including at the former Tegel and Tempelhof airports and at a repurposed ice rink, with a goal of vaccinating 20,000 people per day in the city alone.(dpa/NAN)

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